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2-23-2010 @ 3:24PM
"...and the language Richard Knaak uses, archaic and overwrought, often strikes me as trying too hard. He tries to be poetic, but it actually comes across quite silly."This, this, a thousand times this. There are some authors that can spend pages describing trees or rocks or something and you don't really mind, because the writing is beautiful enough to warrant the halt in narrative. Knaak on the other hand--I don't know, there's just something I absolutely cannot stand about his writing style. It's like reading bad fanfiction. I've read both Day and Night of the Dragon, but the Ancients trilogy is sitting on my desk collecting dust--I'm sure I'll read it someday when the power goes out and I'm bored out of my skull, but that's probably it. I might read this just because I play a druid, but going from the excellent Arthas novel to more Knaak will be...painful.
2-23-2010 @ 5:06PM
Man am I glad to see that other people feel the same way about this author's work. I thought the WoW comic was decent (not great, but about what I'd expect from Wildstorm), but the War of the Ancients novels? Ugh. I couldn't even get through the first book!! I read RA Salvatore for fun and, while his writing style sometimes bothers me, he's freakin' Shakespeare compared to Knaak.On another note, if you want to read some really GOOD licensed science fiction and/or fantasy, I recommend Drew Karpyshyn's Mass Effect novels and David Gaider's Dragon Age novels. It's no surprise that the books written by lead writers for ME and DA are *gasp!* well written, but I WAS surprised at just HOW well written they actually were. Highly recommended.
2-23-2010 @ 8:34PM
I actually just read Karpyshyn's Mass Effect novels last week. I thought they were enjoyable enough--nothing mind-blowing but definitely a fun read for fans of the games, and certainly better than Knaak's books. I really ought to finish Dragon Age, but first I'd have to put down ME 2--I just started my third ME run that I'll probably blast through just so I can import it to the second game. I have discovered that I am a horrible Adept--but I'm horrible at playing casters in WoW, so I don't know why I'm surprised. Singularity is awesome though.
2-24-2010 @ 6:25AM
Ooh Stealthfire, how much I agree. I am a huge Robert Jordan fangirl, and yes, I do know there are as many haters as lovers out there of his books. But I ADORE his longwinded descriptions, how I can taste the food, smell the air, touch the stone, it all becomes real to me. And then there's Knaak. He FORCES everything on me, but it does nothing. It is even... laughable at times. I remember the first book I read, and after 20 pages I just thought 'god, does this person write using a thesaurus on every word?'. It did not flow naturally at all, it did not serve its intended purpose, it just made reading even more tiring. Nope, not a fan at all.
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